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way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi and opened fire. the violence in protest to that amateur online film produced in the u.s. that offended millions and millions of muslims. first, we want to bring in elise labott. she has known ambassador stevens for ten years. she works at the state department for us. elise this is a tragedy for the entire diplomatic community this morning. >> yes, yes. john, this is a terrible day for the state department. everyone is going to be in mourning today. it's not just the fact that chris stevens was such a popular figure of the state department. really, one of the cream of the crop of the u.s. foreign service. but it's been many years since someone of this level has been killed in an attack like this. so i think there's going to be a lot of shockwaves through the state department. after all the u.s. has done for the libyans. using force to get rid of moammar gadhafi, to help libya stand up as it moved towards elections, as it tries to start anew. i think there's going to be a lot of gut checking right now
we are day two now of protests. we've been covering the protests in cairo and in benghazi. we remember covering the revolution, it was really the rebel stronghold last year. explain what exactly happened as far as this ambassador is concerned and the three other workers who were apparently with him in his car? >> details are very sketchy right now. what we understand is we knew yesterday, towards the end of the day, that as we were watching those pictures at the embassy in cairo, there were gunmen that had approached the u.s. consulate in benghazi, and breached the walls of the compound. and they were trying to secure the compound, secretary clinton put out a statement early this morning that one u.s. foreign service officer was killed. what we can piecing together, and again there hasn't been state department confirmation of the details, is that they were trying to take chris stevens, the ambassador, to libya, who is based in tripoli, i might add, and some other personnel out to safety, and there was a rocket attack and they were killed. >> you were mentioning before that the
last night, the night of september 11, militants fired a rocket in a the u.s. consulate in benghazi, killing ambassador stevens, and three other americans. tonight, they are being remembered. we have team coverage. ken wayne says the pentagon is already taking action, but we begin at uc berkely and a candlelight vigil at stevens old fraternity. >> reporter: that vigil just wrapped up about a half hour ago. these students did not know stevens, but they were inspired by his life. tonight, they lit candles in his honor, and projected a photo of stevens on the side of the house, for a man people say had great dreams and a good heart. >> my name is chris stevens, and i'm the new u.s.ambassador to libya. >> reporter: this video shows him introducing himself last may. before stevens left the u.s., he spoke with steven browning. >> very earnest, and somewhat humbled by the task was about to undertake. i think he was very conscious of the enormity of the task. >> reporter: it was a dream come true for the bay area native. >> he was just a great, all around guy. one of those guys from school
of two weeks now. that is what happened in benghazi? why was the message coming out of the administration so muddled at best and misleading at worse? when did they know that it was a terrorist attack? why won't the president actually use the term terrorist attack? well, yesterday there was a major break through and one agency came out and took responsibility. >> in fact, it was james clapper's office, the director of national intelligent basically trying to take the onus off the white house by saying hey it was the intelligence community's fault and said, this quote: in the immediate aftermath there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day in cairo. we provided that initial assessment to the executive branch officials and members of congress who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. through the our investigation we continued to emphasize that our information was preliminary and evolving. >> we were waiting for someone like james clapper or tom donilin to weigh
at constantcontact.com. >>> breaking news news tonight on the attack in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. it was a terrorist attack but it wasn't planned. was the ambassador on a hit list? joining us is fran townsend a cia contributor from the security council advisory. fran, what do we know about this? there are two strands to the story that are breaking today. one was that he feared he was on an al qaeda hit list and that the ring leader for the attack may have been somebody at guantanamo bay and release bad tok l -- released back to america, and what do we know about these things? >> let's start with with the guantanamo detainee. i have not seen it, but in reports, the man who is the leaders of the splinter al sharia who is related to the islamic el mag reshgseb and as you pointed out that the center of the islamic center said it was a terrorist attack, and if you look at the top of the terrorist leader list, he would be at the top. >> where does this leave us going forward? >> well, no question that given when i was in libya and tripoli and met with
was there was no significant demonstration going on outside that consulate area in benghazi. so she is making it sound if the extremists who were heavily armed came in and joined a ongoing big demonstration that got whipped into a frenzy and led to this attack. >> right. well, obviously there's still a lot of facts to be learned. we don't know everything yet but there is one group of people who are not at all confused by what happened and those are the people who attacked consulate and killed four americans. they know what they planned and what they did. even worse than that, as tragic as this is, is the signal that it is sending to al qaeda and terrorists and extremists all around the region, which is, that we did not have adequate security for our ambassador to libya. we didn't have adequate security for our embassy in cairo on september the 11th. and that official americans and private americans are vulnerable. tunisia is a good example. when they couldn't really take over the embassy they storm ad school across the street. they couldn't get the hard target. so they went after a soft target. i thin
about the attacks in benghazi, it looks that military attacks. it doesn't look like demonstrators crawling all over the wall like in cairo. it looked like something of a different nature. we need to understand and remember that in a massacre that was killed last night sided with the rebels against the government. he was a symbol of openness and democracy in this government's commitment to see a better day for the middle east, which is one of the reasons why he was targeted so specifically last night. megyn: monica, today if you read the press, are questioning why are embassy would be issuing a statement that there is no question that the film sounds incendiary. but in america we believe in free speech. that is one of the fundamental principles of our country. they are questioning why are embassy would feel compelled to weigh in on this statement by private individual that many in the muslim world find offensive. but we in america believe in free speech. >> yes, that's exactly right. that is part of the reason why this was so appalling. when the outrage started to build, they doubl
city of benghazi. the u.s. ambassador was killed in the consulate attack. hundreds of egyptian riot police are guarding the embassy in cairo after last night's protest outside that compound. the protesters who are angry over a youtube film mocking islam actually swarmed the u.s. embassy in cairo overnight. at one point, dozens of demonstrators managed to climb the compound's perimeter wall. the protesters also tore down the embassy's american flag and burned it to denounce the internet movie. no u.s. embassy staff were injured in that attack. >>> now to the markets. we have a visitor from the cnbc trading pits with us onset this morning. michael girka is with us. what, are you on strike and had some time off, so you came back here to -- you're not a teacher, are you? >> i am not. never striking. >> what about that, first of all? when did you come into town? >> monday. >> so it hadn't really started yet. >> no. >> what do you do with 400,000 kids that have no place to go? >> there's going to be a lot of overtime police officers, i know that, working. >> so this is going to be expensi
in that deadly attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi. two former navy seals have been identified among the dead, glen doherty and tyrone woods provided security at the embassy. tensions remain high for a fourth straight day, as hundreds are expected to take to the streets today. the u.s. has condemned the violence and embassies around the world are on high alert. >> we are closely watching what is happening in yemen and elsewhere. and we certainly hope and expect that there will be steps taken to avoid violence and prevent the escalation of protests into violence. >> the region is bracing for more protests following friday prayers today. in egypt more than 200 people have been injured in clashes so far with police. four protestors died in yemen yesterday when they stormed bas more demonstrations broke out in indonesia today, though it remained largely peaceful. the u.s. has stepped up security at embassies overseas and are warning americans to be on guard for more violence. allison? >> sherri, thank you. amid the violence and protest, pope benedict xvi is bringing a message of peace to the regi
aing toed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks, where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran. claiming iran is months away from being able to build a nuclear
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